It’s a big weekend for Fortnite fans as Epic Games prepares to release Chapter 3, Season 4 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Android. According to Epic Games, the new Fortnite season – which is titled Paradise – has a September 18 release date on all platforms. Needless to say, an update this big is going to require extensive server downtime, starting at 7am BST UK time. The season officially starts when stoppage time comes to an end at around 10am BST.
While extended server downtime is never ideal, it gives fans plenty of time to download version 22.00, which will be much bigger than regular updates.
The news was announced by Epic Games on Twitter: “v22.00 will be released on Sunday, September 18 with downtime beginning at 2:00 AM ET. We will provide another update when maintenance is completed.
“Please note that the patch sizes will be larger than normal for all platforms.”
As part of update 22.00, Epic Games will introduce a brand new Battle Pass, complete with a variety of new skins, gliders, harvesting tools, emotes, contrails and much more.
Judging by the early teasers, Spider-Gwen from Into the SpiderVerse will be one of the new headliners.
As you can see from tweets collected by Fortnite insider Hypex, Epic will be releasing some sort of chrome skin, as well as an animal skin.
Epic is definitely pushing the Chrome angle, telling fans in a recent teaser that “Chrome will consume everything, Chrome will be everything”.
Previous rumors suggested that the new season would have a Marvel theme, although this has since been denied. There are even quiet murmurs that a Lord of the Rings crossover could be on the cards, so stay tuned for more information. Express Online will keep this story updated with all the latest developments regarding the new Fortnite season.
Eagle-eyed Fortnite fans also saw new Season 4 content in the SypherPK Icon Series skin reveal.
Judging by the reveal footage, a new sniper rifle will be available in Season 4, along with a new type of supply drop.
It’s also worth noting that Season 4 launches before the Fortnitemares Halloween event, not to mention the game’s 5th anniversary celebration on September 26th. New details will be deciphered once the update is available to download.
Likewise, the entire Battle Pass, new weapons and features will be fully revealed in the Season 4 trailer, which unlocks at 07:00 BST UK time.
You can watch it once it goes live by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.
Elsewhere, the Fortnite Competitive experience will also undergo major changes for the new season.
In a blog post by Epic Games, the studio confirmed plans to introduce a brand new Fortnite Divisional Cup format, starting with a Placement Cup, and ending with Elite competition.
Late Game playlists will also be updated, with Late Game Arena, Quick Cups, and Cash Cups returning later in Season 4 – once Epic fixes various issues.
Fans of Fortnite’s Zero Build mode will be happy to hear that several Zero Build cups will be available each week, complete with cash prizes.
Finally, Epic explains plans to offer new console competitions: “Console Rivals! For this upcoming Season, you’ll notice that most tournaments are open to all platforms.
“However, later in Chapter 3 – Season 4, we will continue the Seasonal offering of the Console Champions Cup with a $250,000 prize pool. In partnership with PlayStation, we will also continue to provide monthly Fortnite PlayStation Cups in September, October and November. “